Atlantic Immigration Pilot Programs: Admissibility and making a final decision

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Programs (AIPP) closed on December 31, 2021, with the expiration of the pilot bilateral agreements. The Ministerial Instructions will expire on March 5, 2022. These grant IRCC the authority to continue accepting pilot applications until March 5, 2022 (processing may continue beyond this date, as long as the complete applications were received by March 5, 2022). Any pilot applications received as of March 6, 2022, should be rejected by CIO.

IRCC will start accepting PR applications under the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) as of March 6, 2022.

Determining admissibility

Once the officer has determined that an applicant is a member of one of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Programs (AIPP) established under section 14.1 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), the principal applicant and their family members, whether accompanying or not, must complete medical examinations, and pass criminal and security checks.

For detailed information about determining admissibility, refer to ENF 2 / OP 18 – Evaluating Inadmissibility.

Approving the application

If an officer approves an application from a temporary resident in Canada who is a member of a program referred to in R70(2)(a) or (b), they will:

  • send the Confirmation of Permanent Residence (CoPR) and permanent residence visa (PRV) counterfoil (if applicable) to the applicant’s address in Canada; and
  • inform the applicant that, in order to become a permanent resident, they may either:
    • contact the IRCC Client Support Centre (CSC) to request an appointment at a local IRCC office, with their family members, if applicable. [R71.1(2)]; or
    • present the CoPR and permanent resident visa counterfoil (if applicable) to an officer at a Canadian port of entry.

For applicants who are living outside of Canada, send the CoPR and PRV counterfoil (if applicable) to the applicant’s address outside of Canada.

Do not issue a permanent resident visa counterfoil to applicants whose passport was issued by a visa-exempt country identified in R190(1)(a) or (b), 190(2)(b) – (f), or R190(2.1). However, officers may request to see the applicant’s original passport in these cases.

Approved applicants must present their CoPR and permanent resident visa counterfoil (if applicable) to an officer at a Canadian port of entry [R71.1(1)]

Note: Both the offer of employment and the endorsement letter must remain valid, as in not revoked, at the time the visa is issued.

Refusing the application

All refused applicants in one of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Programs must be provided with a formal refusal letter. The refusal letter must:

  • inform the applicant of the immigration program in which their application was considered
  • explain to the applicant why their application in that program has been refused
  • inform applicants who have paid the Right of Permanent Residence Fee (RPRF) that they are entitled to a refund and provide an approximate timeframe for its receipt.

Note: Officers must send a copy of the refusal letter to the endorsing Province, subject to federal privacy legislation.

Unauthorized work experience

While provinces do not consider unauthorized work experience in Canada as qualifying for endorsement under their respective programs, it is possible that a person who has worked in Canada without authorization could be endorsed by a province. Despite being endorsed by a province, a person who has worked in Canada without authorization has failed to comply with A30(1), and on that basis could be found inadmissible under A41. For more details on inadmissibility for non-compliance, see ENF 2: Evaluating inadmissibility.

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